Shoulder Surgery: Torn Rotator Cuff

Minimally invasive surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tears in the shoulder


Impingement syndrome and associated rotator cuff tears are common shoulder problems. Symptoms include pain, weakness, and loss of motion. The underside of the acromion bone rubs the rotator cuff tendons, causing pain and weakness. Chronic rubbing can lead to a weakening and even tearing of the rotator cuff.

In these procedures, more space will be created for the rotator cuff by removing part of the acromion and the torn rotator cuff tear will be reattached to the humeral head.

Whether these procedures are done using a scope or through a small incision is dependent on the severity of the tear and the doctor’s preference. The method shown in these animations is with a scope.


View fully torn rotator cuff animation


View partially torn rotator cuff animation


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